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Sigmund Freud University

Sigmund Freud University (SFU) is a unique institution that pioneered Psychotherapy Science as an academic programme. We seek to set new standards for research and teaching in psychotherapy by emphasizing research activities, practical training, and academic exchange among the different psychotherapy schools.

PhD Programmes

Social Sciences (1)



SFU adopts the same approach with regard to psychotherapy research, as it not only aims to collect objective data but relate scientific information to the individual in their particular situation in life. In view of the fact that significant progress has been made in the field of evidenced-based psychotherapy research over the past few decades it is of utmost importance to us to link research activities with the daily practice of psychotherapists. We are convinced that the mutual benefits derived from such a two-way learning model serve to increase the quality of research and, as a consequence, lead to more effective psychotherapeutic treatment.


The Sigmund Freud University is dedicated to a rigorous research programme at the level of both its faculty and students. Research opportunities are numerous and allow for both qualitative methodology, quantitative methodology and secondary, historical or meta-analyses. Faculty research interests are diverse and include such topics as Hoarding, Ethnopsychoanalytic studies in China and Africa, the Development of Psychotherapy Trainees, Historical and Biographical Research on Psychotherapy Development in Europe, the Hermeneutic Study of different Therapy Schools, Fine Arts, Spousal Adjustment Research and Helpful and Hindering Factors in the Psychotherapeutic Process.


Housing services

To show you exactly what we mean, we are providing some 149 apartments in 12 different categories, allowing you to rent the type that suits you. From single to double studios, both available in XS and XXL sizes, these living spaces are not only right on the WU campus but are also equipped with all the important details that really matter to students.

All our studios are equipped with the following:

  • entrance hall with wardrobe
  • kitchenette with fridge, ceramic hob, microwave, sink
  • XL bed (XS–M studio: width 100 cm, L–XXL: width 140 cm)
  • large desk
  • flatscreen TV
  • safe
  • generous storage space and shelves
  • shower/WC
  • ethernet and TV wall sockets

Student Life

Campus life

Campus Studios is part of a unique campus in Vienna, comprising the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) and the Sigmund Freud University, where every part of student life is concentrated in one place.

The best thing about shared living is of course the communal aspect. To ensure that all the hard work does not get in the way of your social life, there are a number of communal spaces available to residents

Sports facilities


  • To make sure you get enough exercise while you study, Campus Studios has an exclusive gym on the premises.
  • The building has its own sauna, ensuring that relaxation is on the doorstep of every student. After a hard workout, a tiring day at uni or if you simply wish to chill out in the evenings, everyone who wants to can come and work up a sweat.
Bike storage room
  • Vienna is ideal for travelling from A to B by bike. To ensure bikes are kept safe at night, there is a lockable bike storage room to protect your bike from wind, bad weather and theft.


Sigmund Freud University is accredited by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research.

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